Meet our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mother-daughter business owners, Connie Howe and Lisa Gaber from Macomb County, Michigan. After building a successful business the past 32 years, Connie retired and left the family business in the hands of her son and daughter. Currently, Lisa Gaber leads the business as Vice President.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked Connie what it was like to be a strong leader both at home and in business and what legacy she would like to leave to Lisa.
What is it like to build a business with your daughter?
Building a business in general is difficult but can be so much more rewarding when you are building it with people you love. I wouldn’t trade it for any other career.
Why did you decide to build a company alongside your daughter?
The decision came down to us both being willing to take a chance on a new adventure. The company I was working for was closing and my daughter was at home raising her kids and wanted to get back into the working world.
How has being a mom given you the skills to run your own business?
Although I had an accounting, finance, and business background, I got my patience, multi-tasking skills, and ability to manage a “household” from being a mother.
What does it mean to you to be a multi-generational business owner?
It brings me to tears to think about how far this business has come and that we have so many family members involved in taking this business to the next level. We are now at 3 generations in the business and that brings an overwhelmingly immense joy to me!
What legacy are you hoping to leave behind for your daughter?
I am so proud to be able to leave this thriving business to my daughter (and son) and their families for generations to come.
What about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK made it the right company for you and your career?
I stumbled upon TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at the right place and the right time! I immediately liked everyone from the company when I first met them. I had confidence that even though this is not my field of expertise that it is absolutely something I wanted to be a part of.